Computational Modelling Group

Simulation of Earth System Processes: PhD Fellowships

Apply by
30th November 2010
Archaeology, Climate, Earth Observation, Earth surface dynamics, Ecology, Environmental hazards, Surface imaging
Petrina Butler

Graduate Research School GEOSIM

Call for applications

GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam University and Freie Universitt Berlin invite applications for

10 PhD fellowships in the field of simulation of Earth System processes.

Researchers from the above named institutions have formed an interdisciplinary consortium in the fields of Earth and Mathematical Sciences operating a joint graduate research school.

This graduate school (Explorative Simulation in Earth-Sciences: GEOSIM) focuses on research in three critical fields of Earth Sciences by using simulation as an explorative tool dedicated to advancing our qualitative and quantitative understanding of Earth's complex systems.

These fields will be

  • solid earth dynamics and earthquakes
  • atmosphere-hydrosphere dynamics
  • hydrological flow and transport processes

The fields will be studied by integrating techniques such as data exploration, assimilation, and model selection and validation; analysis of scaling properties of geo-processes; explorative simulation and computer-aided modelling of incompletely known systems.

We aim to train a new generation of young, interdisciplinary scientists with skills in combining applied geosciences with the development of physical concepts of Earth systems, mathematical abstraction, and the use of high-performance computing.

Training will include advanced courses in the above subjects, summer schools, and workshops complementing the research work in the topic of the PhD thesis.

Candidates will benefit from a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment.

We expect candidates to contribute to the development of their own research topic and to participate in the school's curriculum.

Candidates should have a strong background and degree in at least one of the following fields

  • Earth Sciences
  • Physics
  • Meteorological Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering

The website provides more detail on the general program, the subjects for potential PhD theses, the groups and scientists involved in thesis supervision and the PhD curriculum.

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Applicants are expected to have a MSc, a German "Diplom" or an equivalent degree by the time they will start at GEOSIM (current round: April 1, 2011). It is not necessary to have completed your degree by the time you submit your application.

If your native language is neither English nor German, you must submit a proof of your English language proficiency. This is not required if you have attended a school, university or college where English is the language of instruction.

We ask the applicants to write a statement of research interest. The applicants should have a detailed idea of their dissertation area and who may be a possible supervisor within GEOSIM. Please refer to the information about GEOSIM and the participating groups on the About and Partners pages.

See the Application Guidelines for more details on Requirements.


In this first application round, ten PhD fellowships will be awarded for a period of three years starting on April 1st, 2011. The deadline for the current round is November 30, 2010.

Selected applicants will be invited for a workshop in January. There, the decision on admission will be taken. You will receive an e-mail notification about the admission soon after this workshop.

A second application round for six additional fellowships (starting fall 2011) will be opened in spring 2011. Applications for this second round will not be considered before the corresponding call!

All applications are to be sent by email to Detailed guidelines for the application procedure may be found under Application.


The application guidelines may be found here.

The application form is available as a Word document or PDF.

Please send your application (application form and supplementary material) to the GEOSIM coordinator at before 30 November (subject: Application Round I).